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Funding for walking tracks

22/08/2014

The Tasmanian Government has committed funding totalling $6 million for the South Coast Track and the final stage of the Three Capes Track.More

Cockle Creek bridge update

12/08/2014

Work is progressing on construction of a new bridge at Cockle Creek. The photo shows the strengthening works completed on the existing bridge, new piles and head stock for the replacement bridge, and the excavator preparing for new piles to be driven.More

Replacement of Cockle Creek bridge

09/07/2014

Visitors to Cockle Creek in Tasmania's Far South are advised that the Cockle Creek bridge will be closed from approximately 14 July to the end of August 2014, while the old bridge is removed and a replacement bridge is constructed.More

Careers in the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service

Student Information

What exactly do rangers do? What other roles are there within the Parks and Wildlife Service? Here are some options as well as how you can work towards getting employment in this area.

Senior Positions

Parks and Reserves Managers and Senior Rangers are involved with: staff and budget management; project management; liaising with government agencies (Tasmania Fire Service, Police, Forestry) and local businesses; policy development; conservation planning for flora, fauna and cultural heritage (Aboriginal and European) and much more.

They have University degrees in Applied Science/Science or Environmental Management. They have studied topics like flora, fauna, planning, engaging the local community, indigenous issues, heritage building preservation, weeds and endangered species. Check the subjects you need for university entrance.

Some of the possible institutions are Charles Sturt Uni - NSW, www.csu.edu.au – (distance courses are available). Related courses are available at University of Tasmania www.utas.edu.au, New England University www.une.edu.au and more.

Park Rangers

Rangers are involved in daily land management issues. Some of this work is in the field and hands on. Rangers use computers, manage budgets, fight fires, work with local communities, assist visitors, rescue animals and people, drive tractors, clean facilities, carry out enforcement. spray weeds, control feral animals and much more.

They may have a University or TATAFE (www.tafe.tas.gov.au) qualification and skills in Conservation and Land Management - including mechanics, chainsaw safety, occupational health and safety, environmental management, knowledge of plants, animals, feral cats/foxes, weeds - poisoning techniques.

Wildlife Specialist Jobs

These jobs include zoologists, marine biologists, threatened species/feral pest scientists, botanists, earth scientists and game management. They work with wildlife surveys, devils, eagles, threatened species flora etc. Rangers regularly work with these specialists who are in a different department but closely linked – the Department of Primary Industries and Water)

Many students will think of this work when they think of ‘Rangers’. Qualifications are usually University degrees in zoology/botany/environmental management often with Honours/Masters.

Other park jobs

TAFE qualifications will help you to be competitive in applying for:

Field Officers – assist Rangers, do practical jobs – building, fire fighting, road maintenance, track maintenance, cleaning toilets, rubbish, picnic shelters and walker huts. TATAFE Conservation and Land Management

Administration – organize, balance money/accounts, records

Visitor Reception Officers - knowledge of parks around the State, customer service, publication sales

Cave Guide /Discovery(Education) Ranger
Fire Crew /Track Workers

Regional or City Jobs

Managers – set priorities, coordinate work Planners – park management plans

Interpretation/education – communication/signs, brochures, website, talks

Asset Management – building standards

Public Relations – media contact/communication

Fire Management – planning/control Heritage management – historic/marine sites

Track Management – safety/monitor tracks Marine Reserve – planning/management

Park entry – administer passes

Commercial Services – business/tour operators

Finance – tracking park expenses

Human resources – staff management and recruitment.

How do you find out?

Vacancies will be advertised in the newspaper/website www.jobs.tas.gov.au. Positions are very competitive, and you may need to persevere. Visit national parks, look around, watch and see what is happening. Join Wildcare www.wildcaretas.org.au and volunteer in a park or volunteer with Tasmania Fire Service www.fire.tas.gov.au. If you are very keen, ring and ask for an appointment to meet one of the staff.